Loulé: Man kills his wife and surrenders next day
A 34 year old man stabbed his wife and stayed with her corpse all night before handing himself over to the GNR the next morning.
In the official statement, the police said that the 34 year old man attacked his 29 year old wife with a bladed weapon on Tuesday, causing her injuries “the severity of which led to her death, which occurred inside the house”.
After having remained with his dead wife all night, the aggressor went to the police station the next day to report the situation, after which he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated homicide.
"The investigation carried out allowed the collection of relevant evidence, and the circumstances in which the crime occurred, as well as the formalisation of the arrest of the presumed author", reads the statement.
The man will remain in detention, while the ongoing investigation is carried out by the Department of Investigation and Penal Action (DIAP) of Loulé.
Motorcyclists protest against the “farce” of new mandatory inspections
Around 500 motorcyclists protested this weekend, against the 'farcical' imposition of mandatory periodic inspections on motorcycles with more than 125cc's, which is said to come into force from January 2024.
In an initiative promoted by Grupo Acção Motociclista (GAM), the 'bikers', coming from various parts of the Algarve, gathered at Estádio Algarve, travelling towards Faro Airport and ended up in the centre of Faro, on a slow ride of about 16km, taking about 45 minutes.
The transposition of a European directive, from 2014, means the mandatory periodic inspection (IPO) of motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles with a cylinder capacity greater than 125 cubic centimeters (cm3).
The new law “takes effect from the 1st of January 2024”, says the decree-law n.º 29/2023, published in Diário da República.
The inspections will have to be carried out “five years after the date of the first registration and then every two years”, according to the legislation.
“Inspection guarantees revenue, it does not prevent accidents”, “Safety yes, business no”, “It's not the motorcycle's fault” and “We are not a business”, were some of the messages displayed on the protesters' motorcycles.
José Amaro, president of the Moto Clube de Faro, which for four decades has organised the most well known 'biker' rally in the country, told Lusa news agency that he still believes there will be a reversal of the new law, "provided there is good sense from the competent authorities".
“In my opinion, they are totally incompetent, because they put people in a position to deal with matters they are not aware of, they are not motorcyclists nor have motorcyclists had a say in this legislation that they approved”, he said.
Criticising “the lobby of the inspection centers, which will guarantee another source of revenue”, the motorcyclist leader considered that “based on the assumption that, if there are inspections, there are fewer accidents” is “a farce” and a false argument about a residual or virtually non-existent problem.
The manifesto of Grupo Acção Motorcyclista, distributed to journalists, mentions two studies, one focused on the European space and the other by a French insurance company, which indicate 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively, as the percentage of accidents with motorcycles “whose cause is a technical deficiency of the vehicle”.
Nuno Estorninho, leader of GAM and president of Moto Clube de Lagoa, also stressed that using safety and security issues to apply this new legislation “does not make any sense”.
“For those who ride a motorcycle, they know very well that there are no accidents due to mechanical breakdowns. Accidents exist because of human causes or external causes, such as holes in the road or animals, and that is not an excuse”, he stressed.
He suggested instead, more inspections by the police authorities: “Put the policemen to work on the road and they will carry out the inspection themselves. If the motorcycle is not in compliance, the police officer orders an inspection. We don't understand why this [mandatory] inspection is being put in place just for stealing.”
Ricardo Brito, from Moncarapacho, also rebelled saying, “Why they allege to go ahead with the inspections is baseless. If we look at the accident rate, the biggest causes are human error and the poor condition of the roads, it has nothing to do with the bike”, he said. Highlighting that motorcyclists “are the first to worry about the state of their motorcycle”. He suggested “more training”, especially for motorists who, “without experience”, start driving motorcycles.
José Amaro mentioned that many modified motorcycles, whether due to the motorcyclists' creativity or to reinforce their safety, will not pass the new mandatory inspections.
“I give my example, I have a motorcycle that is 34 years old and if it goes to inspection it will not pass. But I improved it, with new brakes, new wheels, better suspension. But as this is not within this legislation, logically it will not pass. This legislation is not protecting me.”
It remains to be seen whether this new mandatory inspection deemed by those in the know as a 'farce' and 'just theft', goes ahead. As it stands, the inspectionstations themselves still have no information regarding what the motorcycle inspection will involve, whether new/different equipment is required, etc.
The fight to save Alagoas Brancas goes on
Today, 15 environmental associations asked the Minister for the Environment and Climate Action, Duarte Cordeiro, for the immediate protection of the Alagoas Brancas wetland. The signatories want the suspension of a commercial enterprise.
The group of 15 associations and movements claims that there is an “imminent risk of destruction” of that wetland. The signatories request the “immediate intervention” of the government to stop a commercial enterprise. They want to guarantee the protection of an “Important freshwater reserve” for species of fauna and flora.
In a statement, the group addressed the request to Duarte Cordeiro on the eve of the discussion, in parliament, of resolution proposals for the protection of that zone. The document mentions that what is at stake is the “non-compliance with the National Ecological Reserve regime when revising the Municipal Master Plan of Lagoa, in the Algarve”.
The zone is located within an alluvial aquifer that supports an ecosystem of “enormous biodiversity”
Associations and movements ask the holder of the Environment portfolio to protect the wetland of 8.5 hectares, with fresh water. The zone is located within an alluvial aquifer. This sustains an ecosystem of “enormous biodiversity”, used by more than 300 species of animals and plants.
“This natural resource and the defense of the territory against drought must prevail over any rights of the construction in question”, argued the group of signatories. They therefore consider that the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) should have classified the area “as an area threatened by natural floods”. As well as a “strategic infiltration and protection area for aquifer recharge”.
The group also expressed its opposition to the translocation of some of the animals present there as a measure to mitigate the impact of the project. The signatories therefore consider that it has “high costs” and “much higher than moving the construction of the commercial area” to another space in Lagoa.
Associations ask for "priority in the security and defense of people and goods”
The signatories ask that “the safety and defense of people and goods be considered a priority”, in view of the development of a “construction in a place subject to floods and floods and active karsification underground”. Above all, they want projects in vulnerable territories to be “adapted to this new reality”.
The 15 promoters of the message addressed to the minister defend, from now on, that “acquired rights cannot constitute an obstacle to adapting” to new solutions. Such as the relocation of the development, licensed in “serious non-compliance” with the Intermunicipal Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Algarve.
“This area should be classified, contributing to the fulfillment of the protection target of 30% of the land areas of the European Union by 2030 […]. There are few areas in the Algarve still safe from the real estate expansion and, therefore, this appeal to save this area and avoid yet another environmental loss”.
The group of signatories comprises the Association for the Defense of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage of the Algarve (Almargem), the international Christian organization for conservation and environmental protection A ROCHA, the association Ecotopia Ativa. Other groups are Cidade da Participação, the Portuguese Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity (FAPAS) and the Study Group on Spatial Planning and Environment (Geota).
Also part of the signatories are the League for the Protection of Nature (LPN), the Movement to Save the White Alagoas, the Sustainable Water Platform, the association PROBAAL – Pro Barrocal Algarvio, the National Association for Nature Conservation – Quercus. As well as the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), the Portuguese Society of Ecologies (SPECO), the Center for the Conservation of Butterflies in Portugal – TAGIS and ZERO – Sustainable Terrestrial System Association.
14 family doctors hired, to reinforce Algarve health centers
The Algarve Regional Health Administration ( ARS ) have hired 14 doctors, specialising in General and Family Medicine, with the objective to reinforce the teams in health centers across the Algarve region, to fulfil the needs of the local population.
These professionals will improve care activities, primary health care and the quality of services provided to patients in the Algarve region.
The new doctors will join the teams of the Personalized Health Care Units in the municipalities of Albufeira, Faro, Lagoa, Loulé, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, Quarteira, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira. This reinforcement will supposedly make it possible to expand the family doctor coverage in the region.
In the reception sessions for the new doctors, which took place on the 1st and 15th of June, the chairman of the Board of Directors of ARS Algarve, Paulo Morgado, welcomed the new doctors. He congratulated them for their interest in integrating primary health care in the region, and stressed the importance of their settling in the locations where they will perform functions.